Monday, June 30, 2008

Faced with Recall, Jindal Vetoes Pay Raise Bill

Faced with public outrage and a recall petition, Jindal announced today that he has vetoed the pay raise.
Gov. Bobby Jindal reversed course Monday and vetoed a bill that would have doubled the base pay of Louisiana legislators.
Jindal announced that he was 'correcting his mistake'.

Breaking story here.

Actually, the people vetoed the raise, Jindal just belatedly put his pen to it.
Hopefully he can learn from this and develop more of a spine in standing up when he needs to.

UPDATE:
The final paragraph of the governor's veto message says:
The Governor concluded his remarks by calling on the public to continue their close involvement in government and the political process. The Governor said, “to all the citizens of Louisiana who have become so vocal on this issue and so involved in the process - stay involved. There is a lot more to do. Don’t tune out or stop paying attention to the political process now. This government belongs to you; it is your business. I’m going to need your help.”

You got it backwards Governor - the people are going to need your help.

10 comments:

nyscof said...

I hope people are equally passionate about Jindal vetoing SB312, the fluoridation mandate bill that will require fluoride chemicals be added to drinking water as a drug to reduce tooth decay, without citizen input.

Many professionals world-wide are calling on Louisiana Governor Jindal to veto a bill which would force fluoridation on almost the whole state. SB 312 was quietly pushed through the legislature by PR firms without most Louisianans knowing it was happening.

Fluoride is added to water ostensibly to reduce tooth decay but according to many professionals contacting Jindal, recent evidence indicates that fluoride poses many health dangers (NRC, 2006).


On June 19, 2006 the American Dental Association was forced to admit that fluoride can be harmful to all kidney patients, not just those on kidney dialysis.

Among professionals writing to Jindal are Dr. Kathleen Thiessen, and Dr. Robert Issacson, panel members of “Fluoride in Drinking Water” a landmark review by the National Research Council (NRC, 2006); Dr. Doug Everingham a former Australian Health Minister and Dr. Vyvyan Howard, president of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment. They are among 1700 professionals calling for an end to water fluoridation worldwide. See http://www.FluorideAlert.org

With American Dental Association funding, the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA), hired public relations and lobbying firms to promote the fluoridation bill. The LDA boasts that they have huge access to legislators. On their website they state that their activities include “the use of staff and contract lobbyists, governmental publications, legislative reporting service, dinners for legislators, Dentists’ Day at the Legislature, and VoterVOICE!”

“In the interest of fairness, Governor Jindal should Veto the fluoridation bill, so that citizens can find out what fluoridation entails and allow legislators to hear the latest evidence of fluoride’s dangers. Governor Jindal has been tapped as a future leader and more than anything else people expect leaders to act fairly," says Paul Connett, Phd, Executive Director, Fluoride Action Network.

The Fluoride Action Network asks all concerned citizens to contact Gov. Jindal to veto SB 312 by sending an online message at http://la2.fluoridealert.org or phoning 225-342-7015 or 866-366-1121.


SOURCE: Fluoride Action Network http://www.FluorideAction.Net

Cindy said...

In the spirit of the 4th. of July and what we have just witnessed, we must never forget why we are free to voice our opinions and not be afraid to do so. What has transpired during this debate about the pay raise should spark people to at least send a card or letter of “Thanks” to those that give us the right to protest. They are sacrificing so much for our freedom……
Please support the troops by visiting ANYSOLDIER.com, ANYMARINE.com, ANYSAILOR.com, ANYAIRMAN.com and ANYCOASTGUARDSMAN.com. These are websites where Americans can show their support to the troops in harm’s way. All it takes is a regular stamp to send a letter or card with some encouraging words to our brave and courageous men and women in uniform. You are allowed to request addresses, free of charge. To request an address, click on “Where to Send” in the menu. The contact person’s names are listed on your left. Pick anyone you want then request the address at no cost. You can also click on “Search” to find a unit that posts a particular word or words that you are interested in. For example, if you type in “LSU”, “ULL”, “Louisiana”, “letters from school children”, “drawings from kids”, “hospital”, “Chaplain”, your family name. The emails from the troops that mention the words you typed in “Search” will come up and show up in red. A lot of them send pictures along with their emails. Please help me spread the word about these websites so they will receive a lot of support. I hope and pray that school teachers, organization, churches, businesses, professionals, anyone that appreciates their freedom will visit these websites and send a card, letter or package. “Freedom Isn’t Free”! They don’t see their children, wives, husbands, loved ones for such a long time. They are sacrificing so much for us. They’re missing birthdays, first steps, first tooth, graduations, weddings etc. When they get a letter from “home”, it really lifts their morale. You’d be surprised how many don’t have families to write to them. If anyone decides to send a package, you can get free Flat Rate Boxes from your local post office. No matter how heavy your box is, it’s a flat rate of $9.80 to send it to Iraq or Afghanistan. A small price to pay compared to what they are doing for us. There are two sizes for this price. There is another one for $4.80 that we use to send a newspaper and CD or DVD. They are all “Priority Mail”. You have to be careful when sending anything liquid. Be sure to tape the cap to the bottle and put it in a Ziploc bag to prevent it from leaking. I try to put everything I can in a Ziploc bag so the smells and tastes of things don’t transfer. When writing to the troops, address the envelope or box to the “contact person” exactly like the address is shown. But it’s best to start your letter with a “generic greeting” like “Hello Brave Soldier” or “Dear Brave Marine”. A lot of times the contact person, after opening the envelope, will give your letter to a “Battle Buddy” that hasn’t gotten any mail from home. This way, anyone who gets your letter or card will feel like it was written to him/her. I usually include a self-addressed envelope (no stamp needed for them to send letters to the states) or write my email address on my letter. But please don’t be disappointed if you don’t hear back from them. They are in a war zone, trying to stay alive and in one piece. These websites are a work of deep love and support for our military forces. It is NOT political. Donations to keep these websites up and running are tax-deductible and can be mailed to:

Any Soldier Inc.
P.O. Box 715
Waldorf, MD 20604

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call me at 337-406-9647. Cindy Brown

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